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Organizational Leadership Research Guide

A resource guide for students interested in Organizational Leadership.

Avoid Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a serious offense, but these are tips to help avoid it:

  • Cite every piece of information used that is not your own idea. Results from your own research and information considered common knowledge do not need to be cited.
  • Use "quotation marks" every time you use the exact words from a source.
  • A good "rule of thumb" is that any time you have used more than 3 consectutive words that are exactly the same as the source, you have not paraphrased -- you have quoted.
  • Allow yourself plenty of time to research, gather info, read, and write. Procrastination can cloud your otherwise good judgment.
  • APA uses the parenthetical citation method; include the author and date to credit the work of another. For example:  (Jones, 2010)
  • Include in the first sentence information that lets the reader know you intend to quote, paraphrase or summarize the work from another source. For example:  Research done by Jones (2010) concluded that....

 Anti-plagiarism resources:

Evaluate Websites

Things to Consider:

Authorship (who is responsible for the information)
Accuracy (how accurate)
Currency (how current)
Publishing Body (consider URL such as .com, .org, etc)
Point of View (the bias)
Appropriateness (how will this affect your research)

Find a Journal

Find Journals, Newspapers & Magazines by Title

Search for a title, like JAMA, Harvard Business Review, or New York Times.


Find an Article

Searching for an article?

  • Try the databases. Many have full-text articles.

Found a good article in a database and it's not full text?

  • Click on  find it to see if St. Kate's has the article in another database or in print.

Have a citation and want to find the article?

  • Use LibSearch to search for the title of the article or the journal title.

For more assistance, contact a librarian.

Requesting St. Kate's Owned Items

Find the item you wish to request from the St. Kate's library and select "Request St. Kate's item." Click "Send Request"

Step 1: Select "Request St. Kate's item"


Step 2: The default for "Pickup Location" is set to "St. Kate's Library". If you need an alternate delivery solution, such as our pickup lockers or mail delivery service, please reply to the email you receive when your item is ready for pickup. Please note that our mail delivery service may take as long as 7-10 business days.

Step 3: Add an optional "Comment" and click "Send Request."

Step 4: You will receive an email from notifying you that your library item is ready for pickup.

Requesting a Digital Copy of a Article/Book Chapter

To request a digital PDF of an article/book chapter, regardless of who owns it, select "Request via Interlibrary Loan" and verify that the "Format type" radio button is selecting "Digital PDF (Article/Book Chapter)". Fill out additional information if necessary.

NOTE: Request one article or book chapter per form. If you need more than one article or chapter, you will need to complete the form for each item. Also, please note that we are unable to digitize entire books or journal issues due to copyright policy. 

Step 1: Select "Request via Interlibrary Loan":

Step 2: If you found the article from a database, your citation information will be auto-filled. Otherwise, fill out the Journal/Book title, Article/Book chapter title, Publication year and Pages. Then click the copyright box: 

Step 3: Click "Send Request": 

Step 4: You will receive an email from notifying you that your request item is ready for download or from Minitex Electronic Delivery ( that will have a link and pin for you to access your electronic material. 

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